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There are clear parallels between Oedipus in the first play and Creon in the third...
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Certainly, there are some very strong parallels between Creon and Oedipus. The first level of comparison lies in their belief of their own sense of superiority and faith in their own actions. Oedipus refuses to accept the words of the oracle and of Tiresias, believing that his efforts can overcome his fate. This is similar to Creon, who never acknowledges that his ruling might have disastrous consequences. Another level of parallel is that both men endure unspeakable suffering as a result of their tragic flaw, or hamartia. The idea of both of them having to see loved ones die, learn that they are responsible for their suffering, and undergo a sense of self- punishment for their acts of ignorance is a shared trait in both.
Posted by akannan on November 8, 2009 at 11:42 PM (Answer #1)
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